Then there were two. The Green Bay Packers will make the playoffs by beating the Detroit Lions, but tonight’s opponents are no longer in the NFC playoff picture.
The Lions needed the Seattle Seahawks to lose to the Los Angeles Rams, then to beat Green Bay at Lambeau Field.
However, Seattle secured an overtime victory over Los Angeles, eliminating Detroit.
The NFC’s seventh seed will belong to either Green Bay or Seattle by the end of the evening.
If the Packers lose or tie, the Seahawks will make the playoffs. Green Bay will overtake Seattle in the standings by defeating Detroit.
While the Lions can’t reach the playoffs, this is still a tough challenge for Matt LaFleur’s team.
The Lions may have “nothing” to play for in the standings, but they would love nothing more than to end the Packers’ season. They will also be playing for a winning record, which would be their first since 2017.
In some ways, a fearless Lions team could be more dangerous. They won’t face the pressure of winning a close game for a playoff berth. Instead, they can play fearlessly and try to upset the Packers.
The Packers will hope being eliminated less than an hour before kickoff causes the Lions to lose a little motivation.
But that’s unlikely. Green Bay will need to be at its best on both sides of the ball to complete its final home game of the season with a victory.
This game won’t be a fascinating winner-takes-all matchup, but there’s plenty to play for.
Especially for Green Bay. Win, and the Packers are in.